Tour 120

TAKE THE TRAIN and SKI A VOLCANO.

Sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery and friendly service aboard the "Northern Explorer" train. A cafe service is available on board. 

The "Northern Explorer" train departs Auckland Strand Railway Station at 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday arriving National Park at 1.10pm.  The train departs National Park every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 1.15pm arriving Auckland Strand at 6.50pm.

The "Northern Explorer" train departs Wellington Railway Station at 7.55am every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday arriving National Park at 1.10pm. The Train departs National Park 1.15pm every Monday, Thursday, Saturday arriving Wellington 6.25pm.  

A shuttle service operates between the National Park Railway Station and Whakapapa Village including Grand Chateau. Cost is included in our packages.   

Costs are the same whether you travel from Auckland or Wellington or start in one and end in the other. 

An Intercity bus departs Auckland and Wellington for National Park daily at similar times if train days do not suit.

 

A TOUCH OF SNOW AND THE GRAND CHATEAU                         2 Days/1 night       (Stay as long as you like)

  

Day 1.      AUCKLAND/WELLINGTON - GRAND CHATEAU

Depart Auckland or Wellington for National Park. Transfer on arrival by shuttle to the Grand Chateau about 20 minutes away. Check in and take the snow shuttle to the Whakakapa skifield base and ride the new fast gondola to the Knoll Ridge cafe, 2,020 metres above sea level). Admire the magnificent scenery over Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngaruhoe, and Mt Tongariro, and the panoramic vistas over Lake Taupo and Taranaki. On a fine day Mt Taranaki can be seen. Check out the ski fields and if you are staying to ski or snowboard kit out with your equipment.ready to hit the slopes tomorrow.  Maybe hire a toboggan or take a walk to see Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings (Mt Ngaruhoe in real life!) (If the weather is inclement you can use your sightseeing pass any day)

Day 2.               WHAKAPAPA DEPART    

Free morning for an alpine hike, play in the snow, and we recokmmend a scenic flight from the nearby airfield for a panoramic view over the mountains including sites from Lord of the Rings.  (Flight costs 15 minutes $125, 25 minutes $205, 35 minutes $255)

Your shuttle departs the Grand Chateau at 12.30pm for National Park railway Station.

Arrive Auckland or Wellington this evening.

Tour cost per person: 

2 per room            $490 .....Extra Nights $130  

Single room          $590 ..... Extra nights $240

Triple room           $460...... Extra nights $100

Tour cost includes: 

** Return travel from Auckland or Wellington to National Park railway station by train 

** Shuttle from National Park to Grand Chateau and Return

** One night accommodation and buffet breakfast at Grand Chateau standard room

** Shuttle to Whakapapa ski base and return sightseeing chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge cafe.

The Grand Chateau is always heavily booked, especially at weekend and school holidays (13-21 July and 28 September - 13 October). We recommend booking early.   

BACKPACKER SPECIAL. Just $390 including return travel by train, shuttle to and from Whakapapa village, 1 night (no meals) at Skotel Backpackers Dormitory, and Knoll Ridge sightseeing chairlift ride 

           

MOUNTAIN OPTIONS - EXTRA EXPENSE

1. PLAY DAY IN THE SNOW Chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level for stunning views of the 3 mountains of the central North Island in fine weather - $35. Sled hire $20 per hour.

2. LEARN TO SKI includes lesson, learners lifts in Happy Valley, skis/boots/poles or Snowboard and boots. $199

3. SKI OR SNOWBOARD All mountain lift pass $125. skis/boots/poles or Snowboard $49

4. TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING - guided hike $195  

FULL DETAILS OF SKI PACKAGES, EQUIPMENT HIRE, AND LIVE WEBCAM DETAILS OF SNOW CONDITIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON WWW.MTRUAPEHU.COM


Lift and rental package - no lesson $165
Includes all mountain lift pass and rental equipment.
 

FIRST TIMERS INTRODUCTION TO SNOW 4 DAY PACKAGE. $599
Includes: 4 days lift passes (first day Learners slopes only), Two 1 hour 50 minute lessons per day, ski or snowboard rental

SKI ACCESSORIES PACKAGE
Includes Jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves. (You keep goggles and gloves)
1 day. Adults $99. Youth age 5-17 $932 days. Adults $148. Children age 5-17 $122
3 days. Adults $197. Children age 5-17 $151
4 days. Adults $246. Children age 5-17 $180
5 Days. Adults $295. Children age 5-17 $209

GRAND CHATEAU - WAIRAKEI RESORT  - ROTORUA.      7 days/6 nights Departs Auckland every monday, thursday, saturday. 

Day 1. 7.45pm. Depart Strand rail station aboard Northern Explorer train to National Park and shuttle to Grand Chateau for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast 

Day 2. Free day for your own activities. Ski, enjoy a guided hike on the Tongariro Crossing, or whatever you wish.     

Day 3. Free time and transfer to Taupo and Wairakei Resort for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast    

Day 4. Free day to enjoy your choice of activities in the Taupo area 

Day 5. Travel by Intercity bus to Rotorua for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Distinction Hotel or similar 

Day 6. Free day to explore Rotorua. many optional activities available 

Day 7. Return to Auckland by Intercity coach. various departures available during the day. Tour ends at Skycity coach terminal.

Tour cost per person: 

2 per room $1,590. 

3 per room $1,400. 

Single room $2,190. 

Tour cost includes:
** All travel from Auckland back to Auckland by train and coach
** Transfer to Grand Chateau from National Park, and to Taupo 
** 6 nights accommodation and breakfast at 4 star hotels

On mountain and sightseeing costs are not included.
 

 


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Update 12 August, 2019. the snow has arrived and the tours are operating!  See (www.mtruapehu.com for daily updates). The new Sky Waka gondola to the Knoll Ridge cafe (2,020 metres above sea level) is operating for panoramic views.and sledding for the non skiers. 

 

SKI A VOLCANO SUPERDEAL - STAY TAUPO.     

3 days/2 nights (extendable) from just $240.

2019 season  26 July - 04 October

Departs Auckland DAILY 

Day 1.  AUCKLAND - TAUPO 

Travel from Auckland or Manukau Transport centre (connection from the airport) to Wairakei Resort or Taupo town. Choose your time. Coaches depart Auckland 7.30am, 9am, 12,30pm, and 7pm and depart Manukau Transport Centre 20 minutes later - connections from airport terminals. Journey time just under 5 hours. 

Day 2.  SNOW DAY AT WHAKAPAPA          7.30am. Depart Taupo by Ski shuttle arriving Whakapapa ski field 9am

MOUNTAIN OPTIONS - EXTRA EXPENSE

1. PLAY DAY IN THE SNOW: Ride the new Gondola to Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level for stunning views of the 3 mountains of the central North Island in fine weather. Lunch included at the Pinnacles cafe and the use of a sledge for 1 hour. Cost $85

2. LEARN TO SKI includes lesson, learners lifts in Happy Valley, skis/boots/poles OR Snowboard and boots. $169

3. SKI OR SNOWBOARD All mountain lift pass $129. skis/boots/poles or Snowboard $49

4. TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING - guided hike $195

Ski shuttle departs ski field 4.30pm arriving Taupo 6pm in time to enjoy dinner at any of the numerous restaurants and relax in the hot pools.  

Day 3.  TAUPO - AUCKLAND

Enjoy Taupo, Visit the thermal areas, relax in the hot pools, take a lake cruise, tandem parachute, bungy jump, enjoy an exciting jet boat ride, and return to Auckland when you wish.  

Coaches depart Taupo (Wairakei 10 minutes later) 20 minutes past midnight, 10.20am, 1.50pm, and 4pm. Journey time to Manukau Transport centre and Auckland just under 5 hours.       

You are welcome to stay in Taupo as long as you like, or transfer to Whakapapa to be closer to the snow, or go to Rotorua or Wellington.  

Tour cost per person

BACKPACKER (no breakfasts):

Dormitory with en suite $240
Extra nights $40
Twin room with en suite $300
Extra nights $70
Single room with en suite $350.
Extra nights $140
 

Suncourt/Wellesley Hotels  (no breakfasts)

2 per room     $490 

Single room   $660

 

WAIRAKEI RESORT (breakfasts included)  

2 per room      $550

Triple room     $510   

Single room     $740  

Please Note: Suncourt and Wellesley Hotels are a few minutes walk away from the ski shuttle base and a wide varieties of restaurants, cafes and fast food places. Wairakei Hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride costing about $25 per ride which is not included.

 

            

Tour cost includes;  

** Return travel from Auckland to Taupo by Intercity coach.

** 2 nights accommodation at grade chosen. Breakfasts at hotels only

** Return shuttle from Taupo to Whakapapa ski field base. 

 

PLAY DAY IN THE SNOW FROM TAUPO. $150 extra

Includes: return shuttle from Taupo to Whakapapa, 1 hour sledding pass, sightseeing chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge Cafe, 2020 metres above sea level, 1 day accessories bundle including jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves. (You keep goggles and gloves)

 

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